About The Home Society
Our Core Values
We bring heart to your home.
Launched in March 2021, Silver Services is a new Home Society program. It provides older adults who prefer living in the comfort of their own homes, with all the care, services and support they would receive if they were a resident in a retirement home. Silver Services brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with and assisting our aged population. Our goal is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all our beneficiaries. Check out our monthly calendar for virtual activities, events and exercise classes. How We Help – Silver Services
We offer a wide array of services including:
Personal Home Assistant
Grocery Shopping and Delivery
Food Basket Delivery
IT Set-up and Support
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
“I am still learning.”
Education and training for Personal Support Workers is vital to the future health of our industry and our beneficiaries. We are in the early planning stages of developing comprehensive education programs and training materials which will allow PSWs to provide better and more informed care to our aging senior population.
Today, Home Society is advocating for Senior Care. We are partnering with the Rotman School of Management, the business school of the University of Toronto, to develop and create a report on governance within Ontario’s long-term care industry.
2020-2021 – Home Society assisted St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in purchasing equipment and delivering services to vulnerable seniors during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
2020-2021 – When the pandemic shut down places of worship, the Home Society decided to donate their resources by renovating the out-dated and inaccessible Chapel located inside the retirement community of St. Elizabeth Village. After six months of renovation that involved building new accessible washrooms, accessible walkways, new non-slip flooring, new brighter lighting, new architectural features and accessible seating, new roof and eavestroughs with a cost of just under three-quarters of a million dollars, the Home Society was proud to donate the chapel back to the Village and renamed it the Sister Elisabeth Memorial Chapel (in honour of the founder.) In January 2021, the Home Society along with the owners of the Village, Zest Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen the chapel to the public. SISTER ELISABETH MEMORIAL CHAPEL (ST. ELIZABETH VILLAGE) – YouTube
2019 – Home Society donated over $1 million to local charities that helped and supported the elderly in Hamilton and Toronto.
“What would it take to receive more today than I ever imagined?”
Home Society is building a brighter future for people who wish to age in place. One of our upcoming initiatives is the Home Society Channel, an online resource where seniors and their family members can access a variety of helpful news, information, and entertainment programming from the comfort of their own home.
- Seniors-focused Podcasts
- Discussions about Aging in Place
- Entertainment Programming
- Interviews with Seniors and Caregivers
- Educational Resources
- Tips for Living Your Best Life
“As I’ve become older I’ve realized just how important it is to keep moving and stay fit.” – Kathryn (Age 78)
Home Society is gearing up to provide Eldergarden, a slate of adult day programs during weekday hours, for seniors who live alone. Often frail or elderly, our slate of activities will be designed to fortify engagement, bring positive energy and reinforce physical health for our beneficiaries. This may include music, art, gardening, cooking, daily chair exercise and community outings.
More information to come in the Spring of 2022.
“A life of faith in service to the elderly.”
St. Elizabeth Home Society was founded in 1959 by Sister Elisabeth Manhertz, SJC (1918-2010), with the purpose of emulating, as closely as possible, the work of Saint Elizabeth in aid of the elderly and infirm.
In the early 1960’s, with the assistance of many community supporters, a downtown nursing home was established and operated in Hamilton, Ontario. In the 1980’s, our mission continued with the establishment of the St. Elizabeth Village, a gated, 65+, lifeleasing community (the first of its kind in Canada) on Hamilton mountain.
After operating the Village for over 30 years, the St. Elizabeth Home Society sold the St. Elizabeth Village to Novacare Retirement Communities Association, a non-profit company in 2014. Novacare continues to establish affordable housing for an active senior community while improving its infrastructure, services and amenities.
In the 1990’s, another community for seniors was established, this time in Pilisvorosvar, Hungary, the hometown of Sister Elisabeth. The Szent Erzsebet Otthon (translated to the Saint Elizabeth Home) was a smaller version of the St. Elizabeth Village, maintaining the continuum of care established in Canada.
Our Manhertz-Principle is a trademarked proprietary multi-level diversified care system. It provides for the care of the elderly, according to their health condition, and is based upon Sister Elisabeth Manhertz’s principle of continuum of care with physical and mental support provisions. Today’s Home Society works in the spirit of our history, by offering services and support for seniors so they can live their best life in their own homes.